My First Week at COLLEGE!

By: Taylor Hudson  

Looking into the Future!

Ah, the first week of college feels like yesterday… doesn’t it? But now we are in late April and now we are gearing up for our finals, graduation, and baccalaureate. But let me tell you all about my experience on orientation weekend! Hi, my name is Taylor Hudson, and I am a freshman here at Northwestern.  

The day was August 21, 2020 my dad, my mom, and I were in the process of moving my furniture from my dad’s truck to my dorm room and let me tell you! I was an emotional wreck, lots of tears were just shed in the first hour of arrival but John Menning was there to help me move in and it felt good knowing that someone I knew was already there. The next person I met was Samantha Martin she is the assistant director of the program and she is a wonderful human. She wanted to get to know me before the other students’ arrival, and then I met my RA, Vanessa, a junior here and the whole wing was decorated in FRIENDS merch and I immediately felt like I belonged here, but the tears were still flowing, and it was time to meet some more people!  

I was scared for my LIFE, thinking I will not meet any new friends but within thinking of that I made my first friend! Her name is Shaylee, and she is also a freshman and we hit it off right away! We walked together to the all-hall meeting and met all the Resident Assistant’s and of course the resident director Natalie. Tears were flowing as it was time to say goodbye to my parents as I had to leave them. I cried but thankfully Mr. Menning came to my rescue and he asked me, “What is wrong?” I told him I was worried sick about grades and tests, but he relieved me and said to me, “You do not need to worry about them, you only have to do them if you want to.” And the panic disappeared, and I was ready.  

Shortly after that I started my on-campus job! I became a food service worker at the Cafe! Everyone is extremely friendly and willing to work with you! I started as a server and then eventually grew some knowledge so after Christmas Break, I got a new position as a cook’s help and it was AMAZING! Mr. Coon taught me amazing new skills that I am excited to use!  

Here at Northwestern College, I am an Elementary Education Major and hoping to add a history minor to my name!  

Why I Love Northwestern!

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When I first visited Northwestern College in Orange City, IA I instantly fell in love with the campus. Not just because of the modern buildings but also because of all the nice people there. When I was in high school it was hard for me to fit in. I have made more friends at Northwestern than I ever did in my whole life. They are also all willing to help. If it weren’t for my mentors I would not be able to actually comprehend what is going on in class.

Not only are the people nice, but we also have fun activities to do on our free time, like doughnut walks, ball games, and v-shows. They also have a very cool art and theatre department, where you can express yourself in different ways. If you have nothing planned for the weekend, look at the schedule, there might be something you would find interesting happening that weekend.

The way I found out about Northwestern College was because of my mom. She had two college options for me. The first option I did not like. The second option was perfect for me. Northwestern offers a program for students with disabilities. In this program they teach us things such as life skills, career skills, and wellness. They also provide us with mentors who help us with class assignments, take us to activities, eat and hangout with us.

Northwestern is like my second home. I feel like I can be myself there. So, if you are looking for a college, check out Northwestern. They take people of all kinds, so everyone can fit in. I’ve never felt more at home at a place that isn’t my home

Written By: Laura Dalton